By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je apologized Saturday for his
government’s shortcomings in handling the aftermath of last weekend’s Typhoon Soudelor.
The outspoken mayor had come under fire on several fronts, with critics blaming him for allowing the distribution of tap water that was allegedly too turbid for consumption and attacking his administration for being too slow in clearing the thousands of fallen trees and branches.
At a water conservation event hosted by environmental groups Saturday, Ko admitted he had been spending the morning reflecting about the case. Criticizing other people would not improve oneself, he said, so he would look and see what kind of things about himself he could change. “If something is wrong, it’s wrong, and if the results are no good, we apologize,” Ko said.
Even though he was traveling to Shanghai for a high-profile forum next week, the city government would still complete and publish a new set of standard operating procedures to handle problems caused by typhoons, he said. [FULL STORY]